Every good and believing Muslim need to be aware and make good their intention for every action, be it religious or mundane. Whatever we do in action are only rewarded by Allah(swt) upon the intention for which the actions are performed. How many of us do actions that are seemingly pleasing to the people but the intention behind those actions are not as pleasing.
Allah(swt) is well acquainted with our intentions but are we?
Sometimes we are not even sure of our own intentions.
Sometimes we have mixed intentions.
Sometimes our intentions changes along the way.
Sometimes we say we do it for the sake of Allah, when it is anything but.
Do we even understand what it means to do something for the sake of Allah?
My intention is clean…
My intention is for the sake of Allah…
I only intend good…
Are things we all tend to say but deep down, is there sincerity in this utterance?
We can fool the people with flowery words.
We can make the people fall for our beautiful deeds.
We can even make our own self believe we are sincere, when we are anything but.
But we can not fool Allah, The All-Aware.
Who knows and is aware of all of our intentions before we even put them into action.
He rewards us for our good intentions even if we do not get to act upon them.
We get double the reward when we act upon our good intentions.
And what is the reward for intentions with no sincerity?
Even if great and lofty deeds are achieved upon them.
Let the doer respond with sincerity to this.
But I say….
Make good your intentions.
Be aware and sincere in your intentions.
Action your intentions with sincerity.
Don’t lose sight of your intentions over time.
Renew your intentions often with sincerity.
Put your trust in Allah(swt), even if your intention never materialise, you are rewarded.
Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended…” (An-Nawawi Hadith 1).
Earlier in the week, I met yet another bible peddler who might have thought me an easy prey for her Gospel. I was on the bus and she asked to sit next to me and I obliged as normal. Right away she started a conversation with an opening that goes “You dressed like this because you are a Muslim” referring to my full-covering hijab and I answered, “Yes” and she continued, “You are right in dressing like this because, us Christians as well cannot pray without covering our hair”. I looked at her properly, I don’t know what she was wearing underneath, but she was covered in a large woolen shawl, of course her head uncovered, she is a blond and Polish looking lady. She continued talking about how from the outside you can tell someone who has a deep spiritual connection with God and so on.
Posts in the series....
- Conversation with a Catholic Lady (6) (This post)
- Upstaged by alternative religion people - A side note (5)
- Bible Peddler Harassment – Recent encounter (4)
- Bible Peddler Harassment – Recent encounter (3)
- Bible Peddler Harassment – A trip down memory lane (2).
- Bible Peddler Harassment - A trip down memory lane (1).